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Best of the Web - October 2010

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As you know, each month, we round up some of the best Photoshop-related content from around the web. This month, there were some excellent Photoshop tutorials, articles, and freebies to choose from; including some amazing photo manipulation tutorials, texture and brush packs, as well as some fantastic inspirational articles. So please take a moment to review our favorites from October 2010.

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  • Create a Flowery Natural Peace and Harmony Composition

    Photoshop gives us an endless number of tools to use in our designs. This tutorial from Creative Fan demonstrates how to combine, textures, brushes, stock photos, 3D elements, as well as lighting and photography to create a flower power illustration in Photoshop.

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  • Create a Surreal Digital Portrait

    Digital Painting is often called the “Last Frontier” of graphic design. Digital artists continue to innovate in new directions. This tutorial by Ratinan Thaijareorn on Digital Arts demonstrates how to paint a surreal digital portrait using several elements including a tiger.

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  • Army Squirrel Photoshop Manipulation Tutorial

    Squirrels are harmless, cute, and fun woodland creatures, right? Not this one. This tutorial from Psd Box demonstrates how to create a badass army squirrel that will eat you for breakfast!

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  • Create a Fantasy Gladiator in Photoshop

    One of the most exciting things to do in Photoshop is to create a new and unique composition using several different stock images. This tutorial from WeGraphics, demonstrates how to create a hard-bodied fantasy gladiator illustration in Photoshop.

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  • Create Black and White Dramatic Storm Scene

    Black and white compositions are often more dramatic than their color counterparts. This tutorial from Psd Deluxe will demonstrate how to use Photoshop and Poser to create a dramatic mythological Poseidon illustration.

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  • Create a Cosmic Space Girl 3D Photo Illustration

    The cosmic style is a popular technique with contemporary designers. This tutorial from Creative Fan demonstrates how to combine several elements to create a cosmic space girl illustration.

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Free Downloads

  • Fire and Smoke PNG Stock Pack

    Adding fire and smoke to your designs isn’t always an easy task. This set of fire and smoke PNG files includes several fire and smoke images that include transparent backgrounds so that you can easily drop them into your designs.

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  • Watercolor Textures: Photoshop Brush Pack

    Watercolors are always nice to add texture and color to a design. This set of Photoshop brushes from Design Instruct allows you to easily add a water color effect without getting your desk all messy.

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  • Free PNG Credit Card, Debit Card and Payment Icons Set (18 Icons)

    This set of icons from Smashing Magazine makes it impossible to leave your credit cards at home. It includes 18 credit card, debit card, and payment icons for you to drop into your designs.

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  • Six Free Dirty Paper Textures

    You can find paper texture just about anywhere on the net, but good ones can be hard to find. This set from Lost and Taken includes 6 dirty paper textures for you to drop into your designs.

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  • High Quality Free Photoshop Milk Brush

    Got Milk? This set of free high resolution Photoshop brushes from Creative Nerds does! It includes several really nice brushes perfect for adding a splash of milk to your designs.

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Articles and Inspiration

  • Badass Marvel and Tron Crossover Illustrations

    What could be cooler than mixing Tron and Marvel Comic Book characters? I can’t think of much. This inspirational post from Abduzeedo showcases some truly badass Marvel and Tron crossover illustrations.

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  • 25 Awesome Photo Manipulative Artworks Fresh From the Design Community

    This post from Psd Vault showcases 25 awesome photo manipulations from the design community. Check it out!

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  • The Reality of Stock Art in Design

    Does stock out make you a better designer or just a lazier one? This post from DesignM.ag discusses how to best utilize stock art in your designs.

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  • Inspiring Drinks Labels: Positive Reasons for Turning to the Bottle

    Are you bored in your design job? Why not have a bottle? Or at least a look at some awesome drink labels showcased on One Extra Pixel.

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  • Digital Illustrations Made With Type

    Most people think of text as something that supports the artwork in some way. But what if text was the artwork? This inspirational post from Abduzeedo showcases illustrations that were made with type. Very cool!

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